New bar planned as part of Nottingham lakeside development

Lakeside Nottingham

A new champagne and cocktail bar is being developed in a former Victorian pumping station north of Nottingham.

A group of East Midlands entrepreneurs, led by hospitality and leisure consultant David Waycot, have acquired the Lakeside in Nottingham, with the main objective of creating a five-star luxury venue.

The Grade ll-listed Victorian pumping station, off the A60 north of Arnold, is currently undergoing a multi-million-pound refurbishment programme, with phase one expected to be completed and ready for opening in the spring of 2018.

Phase one will create a “stunning” 80-seater restaurant and champagne and cocktail bar along with alfresco lakeside dining. In addition, the new Tower Banqueting Suite will seat up to 80 guests and will be licensed for civil ceremonies and weddings.

The industrial Victorian interior is to be sensitively re-styled and enhanced by acclaimed design company Design Practice by Uber, directed by senior design consultant Simon Evans.

The new owners said they were committed to completely restoring the property and “delivering it back to its former glories”, providing Nottingham and the Midlands with an “outstanding luxury facility to embrace all social occasions and events”.

Specialising in international and British cuisine, the restaurant will have a kitchen team that will be of “Michelin star pedigree”. It will have a “vigorous” attitude and approach towards free-range, environmental issues and the sourcing of local, seasonal ingredients.

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